The House of Intellect: How Intellect, the Prime Force in by Jacques Barzun

By Jacques Barzun

"Persons who consciously and methodically hire the brain, the varieties and behavior governing the actions within which the brain is so hired, and the stipulations less than which those humans and actions exist"

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183-184). ; Od. 276-278). Perhaps by extension from this, they serve at feasts in more private settings (see F e a s t i n g ) . , II. 558-559; Od. 109112,143; cf. 474—478), pour water for purifica­ tion before l i b a t i o n s (II. 174; Od. 270), and tend the s i n g e r s P h e m i o s and D e m o d o k o s (Od. ). They also play roles in other aspects o f h o s p i t a l i t y . M en ela o s’ kêrux ushers T f. i . 64-65). Their status is hard to pin down. Several times they are called therapontes (followers) of a particu­ lar man (II.

95-143 M-W), concentrates on a theme that can best be described as “the end of the age of heroes,” marked by a combination of primal wars and cosmic blights such as cataclysms and conflagrations; highlighted in particular are (1) the Theban (see T h e b a n C y c l e ) and the T r o j a n W a r s (Nagy 1990a, 15-16, 126) and (2) a great flood (Koenen 1994,5). In the story as told in the Hesiodic Works and Days (161-165), the age of heroes came to an end when the last generation of these heroes, 349 called hêm itheoi at verse 160, was obliterated in the time o f the Theban and the Trojan Wars, though they were preserved after death and immortalized by way of being transported to the Islands o f the Blessed (167-173).

They referee the d u e l between Hector and A j a x (II. 273-282; cf. 183-184). ; Od. 276-278). Perhaps by extension from this, they serve at feasts in more private settings (see F e a s t i n g ) . , II. 558-559; Od. 109112,143; cf. 474—478), pour water for purifica­ tion before l i b a t i o n s (II. 174; Od. 270), and tend the s i n g e r s P h e m i o s and D e m o d o k o s (Od. ). They also play roles in other aspects o f h o s p i t a l i t y . M en ela o s’ kêrux ushers T f. i . 64-65).

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